UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON
MAYOR MENINO: A STUDENT OF EDUCATION
During the summer of 2013 I collaborated with the Office of Communications on a cover story on UMass Boston alumnus Thomas M. Menino, who ended a 20-year tenure as Boston's mayor in January 2014. My involvement included interviews with Mayor Menino, members of his staff, and others who have known him for many years.
MAKING RESEARCH ACCESSIBLE
The challenge with this article was to make Professor Alice Carter’s clinical research in infant and toddler development accessible to the general reader. I chose to examine the topic through the eyes of typical new parents with normal concerns about their children. In her office I found the oversized fluffy-eared dog puppets she uses in her interviews with toddlers, which ended up on the cover.
FLIRTING WITH THE RABBIT HOLE
Interviewing UMass Boston alumna Maureen Melton in her element at the Museum of Fine Arts, I found it a real challenge to keep up with her rapid-fire, topic-hopping narrative. But after Melton received a copy of the magazine, she wrote, “...thank you for a wonderful article.... In the past, I have never enjoyed seeing images or words about myself in printed form, but this is the true exception.”
TO BUILD ANEW
Alix Cantave was still formulating the multi-university initiative to rebuild Haiti‘s devastated higher education system when I interviewed him for this article. As details continued to be revised and finalized, I needed to revise my draft accordingly—all while meeting a tight deadline. “Great piece,” wrote Cantave when he reviewed my final draft.